Francies J. Sims

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Dr. Francies Jean Sims, of 19916 Roosevelt Ave., Colonial Heights, departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 31, at her residence.

The oldest of two children, she was born May 28, 1921, to the late Hugh and Martha Dunson in Carrolton, Ga., but spent most of her childhood years in Anniston, Ala. Her early education was in the Anniston Public Schools and her secondary education was at the Babera memorial Seminary for Girls, where she graduated with honors. Francies earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Kentucky State University; the Master of Science Degree in Education from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, and the Doctorate of Philosophy in Elementary Education from Penn State University.

Dr. Sims was a professor at Virginia State University for many years where she served as department chair of Elementary Education. Teaching was her passion and she recruited as many young people that she could find to attend college. She started writing grants to secure funds for graduate students to pursue goal above and beyond their bachelors' degrees. Many students attributed their success in education to Dr. Sims.

Francies married Chief Warrant Officer (retired) Columbus Sims Jr., and became an Army wife. They have one son, Charles Earl Sims Sr.

Francies was a faithful member of the Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Petersburg, where she served on the School Board for many years.

Francies was a member of The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Drifters Inc., Queens, Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., and the Virginia State University Boosters Club.

Besides her son, Francies is survived by two grandsons, Charles Earl Sims Jr. (Courtney), of Chesterfield, and Christopher Sims, of Alexandria; and a host of cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Petersburg. The interment will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, at the chapel of the William N. Bland and Son Funeral Home, Petersburg, from 6 to 7 p.m., during which time, The Delta Omega Chapter of The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., will hold its memorial service.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the William N. Bland and Son Funeral Home, Petersburg.
Published in The Progress-Index from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4, 2012
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